Name's Chris from New Mexico. Been a musician, part and fulltime, most of my life, in WA. I'm about the same age as Eric.
To Mr Eric Carmen:
I have been surfing Youtube a lot lately and listening to you. I am totally impressed with your musical abilities. I too had 5 years of classical piano. What a gift that is.
I watched you play piano on a live version of "Never gonna fall in love again", and you are actually playing that! Excellent. I love how your bass isn't always the root.. a lot of 5ths. Very nice. You also got "All by myself" from Rachmaninoff.. didn't know that until I actually listened to it. I loved your voice since the 70s when I heard it for the first time.
Guitar, bass, piano..and a great voice. You're a lucky man.